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Do You Hear What I Hear?
« on: January 30, 2019, 08:26:38 am »

Do You Hear What I Hear?
Problems and solutions in the quest for quality live mixes, including the exact location of the "great mix knob."
By Mike Sokol ē January 30, 2019

Many live mixes are not only too loud, but also sonically unbalanced. I got to thinking about this (again) when recently re-reading ďHow Loud Does It Need To Be?Ē by Peter Janis of Radial Engineering here on ProSoundWeb.

Yes, Iím saying it right here: far too many live mixes are just plain bad. That is, too much bass, too many highs, and dynamics out of control. Add this to SPL in excess of 110 to 115 dB and itís not only painful, itís usually a poor version of the intended mix of the song.

Why does this happen? Isnít there some meter or app that will tell us when the mix is dialed in? And donít those digital mixers mix the band for us automatically? No and No.

The final music mix is solely decided by one person: the front of house engineer (and sometimes the producer standing beside him). That mix is filtered by their ears and listening experience. As Peter alludes to, these unbalanced mixes are caused not only by hearing damage from years of just plain too loud, but also by our brainís auto-balance control of the spectrum of the mix.

Iíd like to offer one more possible reason for this problem, along with a solution. Just like we are what we eat, we mix like we listen. And if we listen badly, well, weíre going to pay the price...

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